Lyon & Turnbull’s Design specialists are renowned for both their knowledge and their market-leading specialist sales of artworks conducted from our saleroom's around the UK and via our live online auctions.

Our specialists are experts on design, as well as current market conditions - an essential combination to any successful auction. With a wealth of experience, our Design team offers expertise encompassing a range of media including ceramics, furniture, sculpture, lighting and textiles.

Our auctions focus on Design from 1860 to the present day and encompass all the major periods from the Aesthetic and Arts & Crafts Movements; Art Nouveau and Art Deco; Austrian Succession; Pre-War French and British Modernism, to works from the Mid-Century and Post-War, including Italian and Nordic Design, European and American Modernism, Studio Craft through to Contemporary Design, Glass and Studio & Contemporary Ceramics.

Sales conducted throughout the year include Design 1860-1945; Modern Made: Post-War & Contemporary Design and Studio Ceramics and specialist sales of Lalique. We also hold occasional online only sales Design Online. 



Get in touch with one of our Design specialists:

Edinburgh | 0131 557 8844 
London | 0207 930 9115




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Forthcoming Auctions


Design Since 1860

Design Since 1860

Wed, 20th Oct 2021 - Thu, 21st Oct 2021

Last consignment: Fri, 3rd Sep 2021
MODERN MADE: Modern British & Post-War Art, Design & Studio Ceramics

MODERN MADE: Modern British & Post-War Art, Design & Studio Ceramics

Fri, 29th Oct 2021 10:00
Last consignment: Fri, 3rd Sep 2021



Meet the Design Team


DESIGN 1860 TO 1945











John Mackie


“Our exciting series of Design sales cover the history of modern design, from 1860

to the present day. We are a passionate team of specialists aiming to share our enthusiasm

and expertise for the subject to achieve the best possible outcome for our clients.”


Head of Sale, Design 1860 to 1945
0131 557 8844 



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Decorative Arts


Design 1860 - 1945

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Modern Design


Modern & Post-War Design

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Our Venues


33 Broughton Place




Buying & Selling at Auction

Buying at Auction

At Lyon & Turnbull we want to make buying at auction, either in the saleroom or online as easy and enjoyable as possible. With both specialists and client services available across a wide range of locations so whatever your interest or query we are always on hand to help.


Here we explain the whole process of buying at auction ⇒

Selling at Auction

Holidng approximately 30 auctions per annum, we combine personal, one-to-one service with a team of internationally experienced specialists selling antiques and art at auction can be easy. Our team are on hand to assist at every stage, keeping you up-to-date throughout the process from initial valuation to settlement.


Here we take you through the process of selling at auction ⇒



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